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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:18

McGregor Shortlisted for Double KZN Sports Awards

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Jeep Team's Hank McGregor

Pietermaritzburg, 10 November 2015 – Jeep Team’s multiple-world champion paddler, Hank McGregor, has been shortlisted for KwaZulu-Natal’s prestigious ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Award. McGregor is also a finalist in the KZN Sportsman of the Year Award, alongside Le Clos and Schoeman.  

McGregor is one of 11 candidates up for the inaugural ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ award, the winner of which will be decided by public vote and announced at the 2015 KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards ceremony in Durban on 14 November 2015.  

The ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Award is a new category in the KZN Sports Awards. It is also the only category decided by public vote, allowing the public to become part of the awards process by voting for their favourite sports star.   Shortlisted candidates are those athletes who are finalists in the awards’ main categories: Sportsman of the Year; Sportswoman of the Year; Sportsman of the Year with a Disability; and Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability.  

The 10 other ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Award nominees are: Chad le Clos (swimming), Henri Schoeman (triathlon), Alani Ferreira (swimming), Jennifer Higgins (swimming), Kevin Paul (swimming), Tyrone Pillay (Athletics), Aaron Putz (swimming), Bridgitte Hartley (canoeing), Bongiwe Msomi (netball) and Tayla Kinsey (rugby).  

Said McGregor, “It’s an honour to have been shortlisted for two KZN Sports Awards alongside our province’s great athletes across all sporting codes. This year has been epic. Thank you to all the people who have supported me along the way – my wife Pippa, my parents, my training partners, my friends in South Africa and around the world, my sponsors and fans - without you I wouldn't be here.”  

To vote for McGregor to become KZN’s Sports Personality of the Year, SMS ‘KZNAWARDS MCGREGOR’ to 33258. Voting closes at noon on 14 November 2015.  

Other Jeep Team news  

MTB

It’s rare that a rider can perform well throughout an entire season but this rider has achieved impressive results throughout the year, and not just in one run of good form. Rising star, Thinus Redelinghuys (Jeep Team) has also demonstrated a sense of versatility along the way competing against the best in the country.

Keeping this consistency to the end, Jeep Team’s Thinus Redelinghuys secured 3rdoverall in the fiercely-contested 2015 Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker MTB Series, which was finally won by RECM’s Nico Bell followed by EAI Cycling’s Gawie Combrinck in 2nd.   Launched in 2010,the Nissan TrailSeeker MTB Series has established itself as a platform for South Africa’s up-and-coming MTB talent creating massively-contested races that aren’t too far from major cities and are not too technical for newcomers.

In 2015, the series attracted a top class field that included Bell, Combrinck, Waylon Woolcock, Guylin van den Berg and William Mokgopo.  

Jeep Team’s Pierre Smith finished 6thoverall. 

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